Daddy's Pride / Falling

  • Whatever It Takes

    Ever since my son started walking,....running,....spinning in circles,....and trying to jump, he has increased his chances of getting hurt. And believe me, he falls a lot, and runs into walls! :) So, whenever I hear a loud thud, I rush over to see how's he's doing. Luckily, 95% of the time he just smiles and gets up. So, through this insane process of him learning to have better control over his body movements, I have come to admire his determination. He is willing to do whatever it takes to master walking, running, spinning, and jumping.

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  • Escape Artist

    A long time ago when our son started crawling and walking, we redecorated our living room. We positioned our coach, ottoman, playpen, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, etc. in a circle. I wish our new arrangement has something to do with being artistic and creative, however that's not the case. Our little explorer keeps wandering towards fun stuff like the television set, stairs, and tables with sharp edges. This method of containing our son has been working to keep our son out of harms way. He has plenty of space to run around and play with his toys while we can do our own work, cook, clean, etc. However, like most things in life, it never lasts forever. Recently, our fearless son has decided he plans to be an escape artist. He tries to boulder the coach and ottoman, or squeeze through small spaces. He uses all his energy to tackle these obstacles. I find it fun to watch because I feel like I am watching a sporting event. I always want to see a record breaking or an underdog winning, but at the end I want to see a victor and their accomplishment. So I am rooting for my son to break free from the organic cage we created. I just need to make sure he does not fall while climbing or get stuck in small spaces.

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  • Power of Walking

    I bet you never thought of your ability to walk as representing "power". I never thought of this, until my son made the transition from crawling to walking. He now has the power to choose where he wants to go and the power to carry things with him. He has the power to move away from things or people he does not like. He is so happy when he motors across the room with his TV control in his hand. He has acquired this power over the last month, and now I would say he is pretty good. He still falls a lot, but now he bounces back up and keeps going without hesitation. The joy he takes in walking, makes me appreciate this gift...this power...that I have taken for granted for years.

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  • If Only The World Could Be A Padded Playground

    So my son is trying to make the transition from crawling to walking. He actually thinks he can walk which leads him to constantly fall. He thinks he can defy gravity and float from different pieces of furniture in the room. He seems to be oblivious to the hard, dangerous surfaces around him. My wife and I are on 24 hour watch trying to ensure our precious little one stays in one piece. Sometimes he falls or bumps into something and then just goes about his business. Other times, he gives out the most heart wrenching scream that you worry "he really did something to himself this time". However, I have started to think the screams only come after my son sees our worried faces. It appears as if he gets upset because we are upset and not because he hurt himself. So I told my wife we need to adopt a new strategy... Keep a close watch on the little one, but maintain a poker face when he falls...even pretend to be doing something else when he falls. Let's see if minimizing our reaction to his falls eliminates those dramatic screams. I guess we can't make the world a padded playground and I am sure he would hate us if we made him wear a helmet and padded outfit all day. I guess falls, bumps, bruises, scrapes, and tears are all part of raising a healthy, happy, energetic baby.

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  • Falling Down

    It does not matter how hard you fall or how banged up you get. It matters that you get up and try again. This applies to every aspect of life whether it is mountain biking or surviving the turmoil of this awful economy. I hope to teach this to my son.

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